APA In The News
Next Stop: NYC Parks
The New York City Parks & Recreation released a NYC Subway-themed map featuring a park for each subway stop.
A limited edition print of the map can be purchased right in time for the holidays at the Union Square Holiday Market for $28. The pop-up shop is open through December 24 weekdays, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
In NYC Parks version of the map each subway stop is renamed for one of the city’s more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces. The Parks Department goal is to make New Yorkers aware of exactly how much green space there is throughout the city—more than 30,000 acres, in fact, with 309 miles of hiking trails, 600 community gardens, and lots of other community benefits.
“The map is more fun than function—if you’re looking for directions, please use the subway map!”
by Meg Cotner, We Heart Astoria
Last weekend the Astoria Park Alliance posted a photo to their Facebook page stating, “We are excited to see that New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has officially begun construction on the new public plaza being installed at the site of the old diving pool in Astoria Park.” There’s also been some chatter in the Astoria, Queens Facebook group, with folks wondering what’s up with the progress. Conjecture is all well and good, but I wanted to hear something more official, so I reached out to Parks and they responded with this update…
About 20 people pitched in to collect litter and debris from the shoreline. Another 20 volunteers helped pick up trash and cut weeds outside the pool area. Twice a month Astoria Park Alliance hold a clean up community volunteer day at the park.
"Part of what we're doing here is not to just keep the shoreline clean but to send a message to the people up on the lands that this is the way we want it to look so when you're here, when you're in the park, keep it beautiful," said Anthony Liberatoscioli, Vice Chair, Astoria Park Alliance.
More than a dozen volunteers spent about two hours picking up trash along the East River shoreline, while another group raked and weeded near the park’s pool in one of the several cleanup and beautification projects the APA will host over the course of the year.
“This is an incredibly important project,” said Anthony Liberatoscioli the vice chair of the Astoria Park Alliance said. “The shoreline is the most beautiful and the most important part of Astoria Park.
It’s about that time of the year when the sun starts shining a little brighter, the people smile just a little bit more, and Astoria Park becomes a treasure trove of events, activities and fun.
This year, Astoria Park Alliance (APA) has teamed up with Benedict Realty Group (BRG) for Movies Under the Stars. APA will also be giving out Movie Night blankets to the first 50 attendees. Luckily all movie goers will be given popcorn, thanks to the partnership.
Saturday, April 22, Astoria Park stood as a fine example of what a community can accomplish when people work together. Under cloudy skies and the occasional drizzle that turned to rain by early afternoon, groups of volunteers spruced up the park during the Astoria Park Alliance’s (APA) Earth Day Shore Fest Spring Kickoff. Along with the APA’s officers and loyal volunteers, over 125 people showed up to contribute their time and effort, including groups from New York Cares and Big Reuse/NYC Compost Project.
March 13, By Hannah Wulkan
A local parks group was recognized with an award for its service to the community this week.
The Astoria Parks Alliance was given the Golden Trowel Award by the Partnership for Parks on Wednesday night, recognizing the commitment of the volunteers to improving the park and its service to the borough of Queens.
“I am proud that Partnership for Parks has recognized the Astoria Park Alliance for all their hard work,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides, who presented APA with the award.
A park group that was formed in 2007 to advocate for the conservation and sustainability of Astoria Park has been honored for its work.
Astoria Park Alliance (APA) received the Golden Trowel Award from the City Parks Foundation for its “volunteers’ commitment to transforming their parks and green spaces into dynamic community assets.”
By Van Tieu Friday, March 17, 2017
The defunct bocce court at Astoria Park will reach a new milestone next Saturday. Plus, the Astoria Park Alliance will double its fundraising goal after it reached its goal in a few days. NY1's Van Tieu filed the following report.
The Anchor Park investment of $30 million in Astoria Park is a rare opportunity to improve the park for many generations. The allocation is wonderful and most welcome. However, the public, as well as community stakeholders, are acutely aware that ongoing maintenance of any new amenities is crucial for real, lasting improvement of Astoria Park.
By Jean Marrie Evelly, DNAINFO
DITMARS — Historical images of Astoria Park show visitors frolicking along its rocky shore before a concrete seawall cut off access in the 1920s.
Today, parkgoers are still just as eager to walk on the beaches, sometimes even climbing a railing on the elevated sidewalk on the seawall along Shore Boulevard, according to the Astoria Park Alliance, a group advocating for improvements to the green space.
For Queens residents who love the outdoors, it was a special night last Wednesday at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden as city park officials provided a glimpse into new design plans for Astoria Park.
Members of the community were loud and for the most part happy, as they gathered around tables with representatives of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to share ideas and concerns for upcoming renovations to Astoria Park.
DITMARS — A neighborhood parks group is hoping a little humor will encourage Astoria Park-goers to clean up after themselves.
Volunteer group Astoria Park Alliance recently installed a series of laminated posters along Shore Boulevard to remind residents to properly dispose of their trash — part of a campaign to keep the waterfront clean.